The Power of Your Child’s Imagination by Charlotte Reznick, PhD.

Kids seem to be dealing with more and more stress these days. Problems crop up that I never had to think about during my childhood. Thankfully there are helpful books like The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success by Charlotte Reznick.

A nationally recognized child educational psychologist and associate professor of psychology at UCLA, Reznick has created Imagery for Kids, which she has used for more than twenty-five years to help children reach their full potential.

The Power of Your Child’s Imagination will help your child thrive in an ever-changing and challenging world. Using the Nine Core Tools, parents are now able to apply Reznick’s principles in their own homes. Broken down into two sections, this book will explain what the Nine Core Tools are, the benefits of using them, and how you can harness your child’s imagination to transform her life.

The second part of this amazing book shows you how to put the tools to work, using examples from the author’s own practice to help guide you along. Reznick discusses how you can use the tools to tackle problems such as:

* Stress-induced headaches and stomachaches
* Phobias, panic attacks, and social anxiety
* Bed-wetting and sleepless nights
* Hurt, frustration, and anger

And so much more!

The author also provides tips for less stress and better parenting too. This is something that I truly appreciated, because I need to reduce my own stress levels before I can help my kids.

While I haven’t put these tools into practice yet, I am eager to, and hope that my daughters’ natural love of art will make this successful for our family.

If you’re looking for how you can better prepare your children to handle life’s daily struggles, then see how The Power of Your Child’s Imagination can help.

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  • Publisher: Perigee Trade
  • ISBN-10: 0399535071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399535079
  • SRP:  $14.95
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    41 Things to Know About Autism by Chantal Sicile-Kira

     Has your child recently been diagnosed with autism? Are you the grandparent of a child who has autism? Are you a friend who wants to know how to help someone whose child has autism?

    If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you should consider purchasing 41 Things to Know About Autism by Chantal Sicile-Kira.

    In this informative and helpful book from the Good Things to Know line from Turner Publishing, readers will learn what autism is, what does and doesn’t cause autism, what to do after your child is diagnosed with autism, and so much more.

    Autism advocate and award-winning author Chantal Sicile-Kira, uses her over 20 years of experience as the parent of an autisic child and a professional in the field, to create a book that will help you, your loved ones, and your friends learn more about autism and how to create a better environment for your child.

    The book discusses how to determine your child’s educational needs; how to gain a better picture of your child; emotional and financial effects of autism on the family; why holidays are difficult for families with autism, and many other topics that will be invaluable to families with members who have been diagnosed.

    The author’s passion for this subject is obvious from the beginning. She truly wants people to understand what autism is and what it isn’t. With this one tiny book, Sicile-Kira has provided parents with the basic tools they will need before and after the diagnosis.

    To learn more about this book and its author, please visit the author’s website. This book will be released on March 25th.

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  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • ISBN-10: 1596525835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596525832
  • SRP:  $9.99

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    35 Things Your Teen Won’t Tell You So I Will by Ellen Pober Rittberg

    Having survived through raising one teenager, I still have two more rounds to go before I am done. And let me tell you, my son in his first 18 years was much easier than raising my two daughters has been. Considering that the eight-year-old is a classic strong-willed child, I highly doubt her teenage years will be as smooth as my son’s were.

    In 35 Things Your Teen Won’t Tell You So I Will, mother, attorney, and author Ellen Pober Rittberg compiles her experiences from raising three teens and her work as a law guardian in family, supreme, and surrogate’s court to provide parents of teens with no-nonsense advice that will help them ride the storm.

    She encourages you to get to know your children’s friends and to create a welcoming house where your child’s teen friends will want to hang. 35 Things addresses the important issues of lying, drugs, alcohol, sex, and enforcing house rules. This tiny book is so full of great advice you’ll probably wonder how you got along without it. And Rittberg does it with a sense of humor.

    My only tiny complaint is that the author overuses words sectioned off in parenthesis. “Don’t let your child curse you out (or ‘cuss you out’ as they say in the South. Or do they?)” While these tidbits are humorous, used so much throughout the text, I find them a bit distracting.

    If you’re looking for a great resource to help you raise your teenagers, you’ll find it in 35 Things Your Teen Won’t Tell You So I Will by Ellen Pober Rittberg.

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  • Publisher: Trade Paper Press
  • ISBN-10: 1596525541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596525542
  • SRP:  $9.99

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    33 Things to Know About Raising Creative Kids

    As a writer, it is important to me that I encourage my children’s creativity, but sometimes I’m a bit lacking in ideas. Luckily, both my girls, though only 6 and 8, have taken an interest in photography; and the oldest one is eager to illustrate a book for me.  Outside of those realms, however, I’m tired, overwhelmed, and a bit lost.

    Then in walks 33 Things to Know About Raising Creative Kids by Whitney Ferré. She is also the founder of The Creative Fitness Center (, and the author of The Artist Within: A Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit.

    In this book, Ferré helps parents understand the potential of the right brain and offers tons of great ideas to inspire creativity in your children. From unstructured play time to tie-dye, from introducing abstract concepts to building forts, 33 Things to Know About Raising Creative Kids will give parents the tools they need to help their children be creatively fit.

    The one thing I can’t say I care for is the cover. As a consumer, if I want to buy a book on creativity, I’m going to look for a creative cover. Now, keeping in mind that this is part of Turner Publishing Company’s Good Things to Know line, I understand the cover choice. Branding is very important. But to put a pumpkin orange cover with a tiny black painter’s palette on the front, wouldn’t give me the confidence that the author knew as much as she did about creativity; so I might miss out on a great book. Take a look at the author’s website and blog. That’s more of what I would be thinking for a cover, even if the cover isn’t that elaborate.

    If you are interested in raising creative kids. If you are looking for fabulous ideas on how to inspire creativity in your children. Pick up a copy of 33 Things to Know About Raising Creative Kids. It will show you the way!

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  • Publisher: Trade Paper Press
  • ISBN-10: 1596525622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596525627
  • SRP:  $9.99

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    Knowing THE TRUTH by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

    Today’s guest blogger is Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein the originator of The Enchanted Self(R). She has been a positive psychologist in private practice and licensed in the states of New Jersey and Massachusetts since 1981. She is currently in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein. 

    She is the author of The Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy, Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU! and There Comes A Time In Every Woman’s Life for DELIGHT.  

    Her newest book, The Truth, I’m Ten, I’m Smart and I Know Everything! is another first in positive psychology. Written by a ten year old girl as a diary, Dr. Barbara has been able to imbed lots of positive truths that we all need to remember and live by, regardless of our age. 

    The girl’s edition, titled: The Truth, (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything) debuted February 2008 in bookstores nationwide. You can get your copy now at

    “Knowing THE TRUTH” by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

    Over twenty-five years of clinical work with women in my psychology practice has convinced me that many, many women forget the truth. I want them to not forget, which is why I wrote The Truth (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything). But you ask, “Isn’t this a book for older kids, tweens and teens?”

    My answer is yes it is. But just think about it. If the young people of today are not helped to get in touch with the truth, won’t they be the women of tomorrow who have forgotten so much that is important? So where better to start than with girls, tweens and teens?

    And now you may ask, “What exactly is the truth? What is it that women seem to have forgotten?”

    Let me tell you. Often, we women seem to forget what the ten- or eleven-year-old girl inside of us once knew with such certainty. We forget how strong we are. We forget how astute we are at sizing up the world. We forget our capacity to recover from hurts and build successful new relationships.

    We forget so much of our childhood wisdom. We forget the excitement and enthusiasm that comes from letting our passionate natures come out to play. And we forget how to laugh, laugh from our bellies. We forget how to intensely react to daily life. So often we forget how to have fun. Many of us don’t allow the playful part of ourselves to come out. We don’t know how to let out, safely, the imp inside of us. And we forget how proud we can feel about ourselves.

    I see it as a tragic loss—we have forgotten so many of the simple truths known to us in our girlhood. The cost is enormous. Many of us walk around out of sorts, some of us are depressed, feeling like we’re a balloon that has pins pricked into it. Many of us don’t achieve our birth right of living out our potential. Falling by the wayside, many of us are under utilized, under educated, and marginally productive.

    Some of us spend our time ruminating, feeling bad, wishing we had made other choices with our lives, and often seeing ourselves as in hopeless situations. Too often we blame others, saying someone else is responsible for the decay of our own lives, having lost any sense that we are navigators of our lives. Like sleeping beauty, we await a prince to awaken us, rather than awaking ourselves to our own riches: our capacities for joy and fun, to create, study, invent, innovate, lead, recover, re-invent, feel, love, discover, share, etc.

    So to the girls and young women of today! Read this little book and soak in the messages of Truth that are impeded in it! Hold on to your wisdom and your strengths! Hold on to you potential. Hold on to your resiliency. Don’t sell out. Grow into each stage of life with courage and sureness! And by the way, make sure your moms read the book to. (Actually, there is an adult version. The Truth (I’m ten, I’m smart and I know everything) is also available.)

    Good luck! You can do it! You can hold on to the Truth and so can your Moms!

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